Remember the flick Jurassic Park and the climax where a huge T.Rex fought a group of predators? You would have been thanking the heavens that dinosaurs have been extinct. However there is more to come, scientists have announced a new fossil discovery, Spinosaurus a Egyptiacus. It is a 15 meter, seven ton African monster which has been discovered off the Moroccan desert cliffs. It is 9 feet longer than the T.rex. It lived 95 million years during the Cretaceous Period. It is also a dinosaur which has adapted itself to a semi aquatic lifestyle.
Spinosaurus a Egyptiacus is also the only known quadrupedal dinosaur predator. All the other dinosaurs of this class like the T.rex and Giganotosaurus are known to have their typical two legged stance. These dinosaurs had short limbs, a front-heavy build, flexible tail and flat hind feet. The feet could have been webbed to aid in swimming.
Spinosaurus had elongated and slender jaws. It had conical teeth which was perfect for ensnaring the slippery fishes. The back of the giant featured a sail like structure of bony spines which were 2 meters tall. The spines stuck out of the water as the predatory giant waded and swam after prey like sharks, massive fish and crocodilians.
University of Chicago paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim, who led the study published in the journal Science said, “The animal is unlike any other predatory dinosaur. There’s no blueprint for it. There’s no modern-day equivalent for it. It’s looking at a completely new kind of animal.”
Spinosaurus terrorized the denizens of the North African river system from Morocco to Egypt. It was lethargic on land but occasionally could have gulped down other dinosaurs.
Paul Sereno, who also participated in the research added, “Its snaggle-tooth snout, sickle-shaped claws and monstrous sail give this beast a bizarre profile, one that will be immediately recognized by every kid on our planet.”
Spinosaurus’s existence has been known for a century since fragmentary remains were found in Egypt by German paleontologist Ernst Stromer.